Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that President Obama finally won a few fights this week, and one key loss — the House decision to sue him for not enforcing laws — probably helped the White House.
"On the whole a better week for President Obama. The European Union has joined the U.S. with tougher sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin and his support for separatists fighting in Ukraine. Mr. Obama led the way.
“He also won a victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals upholding the Affordable Care Act as health policy, not taxation.
“The Gross Domestic Product grew in the second quarter at a 4 percent annualized rate, and the first quarter's slow pace will be upgraded. Preliminary reports calculate 218,000 new jobs were created in July. Consumer spending and business investment are both up, as are exports.
“Meanwhile, it helps to have stupid opponents. Israeli officials have clearly insulted Secretary of State John Kerry, which is not endearing to their biggest donor. And Congress passed the most idiotic bill this week authorizing (at taxpayers' expense, of course) the House Speaker to sue the president for non-enforcement of the very law that they have tried to repeal 50 times.
“Gallup says that Congress' job approval is 7 percent, which is 4 points less than the 11 percent who think Hamas is justified in its current bombings. That makes the resident's 42 percent approval rating look a lot better."
Zogby is the senior analyst for Zogby Analytics and author (with Joan Snyder Kuhl) of "The First Globals: Understanding, Managing, and Unleashing our Millennial Generation."Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.